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Dictionary of Netwar (Lenakel language)

This is the first ever extensive dictionary of Netwar language (western Tanna, Republic of Vanuatu) published online. It is the fruit of several years of my work among the inhabitants of the island of Tanna. It contains translations of local expressions, pronunciation recordings and photographic documentation. Its purpose is to help in the preservation of the language and in passing it to the young generation.

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  •  (generic term) n imaim 
    cleared space, usually under a grown banyan tree, used by men to meet, discuss important affairs and drink kava, to perform all important ceremonies and traditional dances. It is the center of village life.
  •  n prop Lownanentuan 
    an important nakamal in Ipai.
  •  n prop Latun 
    an important nakamal near Ipai.
  •  n prop Laminu 
    major nakamal in Lénakel.
  •  n prop Lowiatkelniko 
    name of nakamal near Lowanatom, lit. "place where tribes broke up after a quarrel". cf.: 'atkel'.
  •  n nowanmanaga 
    special name given to a nakamal in which are living "hidden" young boys since their circumcision until they finally leave it during 'kamir iataw kaur' ceremony. It is surrounded by a fence of coconut leaves or bamboo to hide it from eyes of women, who are strictly forbidden to enter it at any moment of the day.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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